LaPoint joined the Cardinals in a blockbuster deal that sent Ted Simmons and Rollie
Fingers to Milwaukee. A finesse pitcher with good control who relied on making batters
hit his pitch, LaPoint had three winning years with the Cardinals. Then, in a series
of rapid moves, he played for seven teams between 1985 and 1989. Popular with his
teammates for his good humor and upbeat attitude, LaPoint was the White Sox' best
starter in 1988 until he was acquired for the stretch run by the Pirates that August.
The following winter he signed with the Yankees as a free agent, but missed most
of 1989 on the DL.
»October 16, 1982: Four Cardinal pitchers are helpless to stop the Brewers from rallying to a 7–5 win after Dave LaPoint's error in the 7th.
»February 1, 1985: In an effort to add some much-needed power to their lineup, St. Louis trades OF-1B David Green, SS Jose Gonzales, P Dave LaPoint, and OF-1B Gary Rajsich to the Giants for slugging 1B Jack Clark. Gonzales will change his name to his mother's maiden name of Uribe, and win the starting shortstop job with the Giants. Giants coach and resident wit Rocky Bridges will note that Jose Uribe really is, "the player to be named later."